How Is Child Custody & Support Determined?
In many situations, the best-case scenario for divorcing parents is to try to come to an agreement about child custody. In Florida, a judge will determine support and custody orders based on the best interest of the child if parents cannot reach an agreement.
We have practiced family law in local courtrooms in Clearwater for decades. The judges know and respect the lawyers at our firm. Our substantial experience in these courts also gives us a good idea of how local judges may rule. We can help you understand your legal options.
Factors That Influence Child Support
To determine child support, judges use a formula that includes each parties income, as well as certain expenses such as the cost of health insurance and child care. If child support is not paid, a judge could consider the violation to be a contempt of court. We also can help you file for child support modification if necessary.
Factors That Influence Child Custody Orders
While many people assume that family court judges will award primary custody to mothers during custody disputes, this is not the always case. The courts are looking for the parent where the child is most stable and healthy, without any interruption to his/her education or relationships with the other parent or siblings.
In order to protect the child’s best interest, judges consider a range of factors that include:
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Any history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Any history of sexual, physical or emotional abuse
- Each parent’s ability to financially support the child
- Each parent’s willingness to respect the term of the agreement and make necessary adjustments
When you retain our firm, we make it our mission to secure terms that protect your parenting rights.
Contact Us To Find Out Your Legal Options
Time with your children and the financial support they need are among the most emotional pieces of family law matters. We understand, having spent decades assisting families in this area.
Give us a call to talk about your case and your options. When you retain our firm, you have the know-how of a well-respected attorney working for you. Contact Staack, Simms & Reighard, PLLC, at 727-441-2635 or by email.